Champlin considers alternative publication legislation

 By Megan Hopps

SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS

 

The City of Champlin is considering a resolution supporting alternative publication legislation. Currently, the city must publish legal notices and are given a time frame in which to do so. The current form of these publications is through weekly newspapers.

The proposed legislation would give cities the option to choose whether to continue to publish legal notices in a newspaper format or to publish them on the city website.

Champlin is in favor of this change because it would save the city money as there would be no additional cost to add these notices to the existing website, whereas the city spends approximately $5,000 per year on legal notice publication.

The city said it is committed to providing information to citizens and increasing access to information about city operations and business. The city believes that its citizens demand information in an immediate format and that cities should have the authority to determine the best and most efficient method of communicating information to citizens based on their expectations. The city said it has evidence to believe city websites are increasingly the first place citizens look for information about their cities and the ability of city websites to provide citizens with up-to-date information exceeds that of print media.

Furthermore, in a work session the legislative procedures policy was discussed among council members and staff. The purpose of this policy is to set forth a procedure to be followed by city staff when participating in the legislative process other than at the city level. This includes but is not limited to county, regional, state and federal legislative policy making. The objective of this policy to recognize the importance of the city participating in the legislative process with a uniform message in order to achieve the city council’s adopted priorities while balancing the right of individual employees to speak on behalf of themselves or as representatives of their professions.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Summit Chiropractic requested a massage therapy license. A resolution was passed supporting alternative publication legislation and approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisement of bids for West River Road and Hayden Lake Road improvements and intersection alignment. Approving plans and specifications and ordering bids for the 2014 street crack seal project and approaching plans and specifications and ordering bids for the 2014 street seal coat project.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

There will be a council work session Monday, Feb. 10 at 5:45 p.m. in the council conference room. The next city council meeting will convene at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 in the council chambers. There will be a legislative work session Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.

 

Contact Megan Hopps at megan.hopps@ecm-inc.com

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